Malott Maintains Marathon Open Lead After Viper Round; Williams Makes His Move in POY Race

by Jason Thomas April 1, 2010 06:04

BALTIMORE – Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, maintained a 117-pin lead over Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, at the end of the Viper Round of the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open at AMF Country Club Lanes Thursday.

After 25 games, Malott – who is trying for his first title of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season in the final event of the campaign – had a 5,929 pinfall total while Barnes finished at 5,812. Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., slipped one spot to third but only 55 pins separated third from 11th place.

Among the contenders to make the top five for Sunday’s 1 p.m. Eastern stepladder final is Walter Ray Williams Jr., who advanced from 14th to ninth place, but he’s now only 23 pins out of “the show.” Williams and Bill O’Neill are tied in the PBA Player of the Year race with 56 points each, so if Williams makes the top five and O’Neill doesn’t, Williams will win the title outright. If neither make the show, Williams will win based on the tie-breaker, which is the overall PBA Tour points standings. Mike Scroggins, who can only win the POY title if he wins the Marathon Open and neither of the other two contenders makes the show, was in 31st place at the end of the Viper round.

All 44 players will return for the seven-game Chameleon round tonight, after which the top 32 will advance to Friday’s Scorpion round. After the Scorpion round, the top 24 advance to the Earl Anthony round Friday evening.



AMF Country Club Lanes, Baltimore, Thursday

THIRD ROUND (after 25 games, Viper lane condition)

1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,929.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,812.
3, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,769.
4, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 5,764.
5, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 5,748.
6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,742.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,736.
8, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 5,726.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,725.
10, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 5,720.
11, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5,714.
12, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 5,691.
13, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,680.
14, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 5,672.
15, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 5,671.
16, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 5,670.
17, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,656.
18, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 5,632.
19, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 5,622.
20, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,594.
21, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5,592.
22, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 5,575.
23, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,557.
25, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 5,553.
26, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,547.
27, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 5,546.
28, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 5,528.
29, George Lambert IV, Canada, 5,525.
30, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 5,520.
31, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,519.
32, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 5,506.
33, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,500.
34, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 5,483.
35, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,465.
36, Chris Hans, Richmond, Va., 5,436.
36, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 5,436.
38, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,422.
39, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,393.
40, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 5,382.
41, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,365.
42, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 5,354.
43, Kevin Cartier, Beverly, N.J., 5,346.
44, William Barlow, Edgewood, Md., 5,326.

300 Games (9) – Brad Angelo, Michael Machuga, Derek Sapp, Ryan Shafer, D.J. Archer, Robert Smith, Mitch Beasley, Joe Ciccone, Brian Waliczek.

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